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  • Vicentine Coast near Sagres

    Looking along the sheer cliffs that form this part of the Vicentine Coast near Sagres.

    The South East Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park is around 100km of protected coast stretching from Burgau, in the Algarve up to Porto Covo in the Alentejo.

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  • Igreja do Carmo, Faro

    The Baroque façade of the Igreja do Carmo church in Faro is easy to spot with its twin bell towers and flaking whitewash. Built during most of the 18th century this is one of Faro's finest churches both inside and out. The interior is fairly extravagant and also includes the somewhat macabre Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones).

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  • Cromleque dos Almendres

    A closer look at some of the standing stones that make up the Cromleque dos Almendres (Almendres Cromlech) near Evora. The megalithic complex here date back several thousand years to the Stone Age and is, in fact the largest of its type on the Iberian Peninsula. There are 95 granite stones arranged in several formations. Although its exact purpose may never be known it is thought to have some astrological significance.

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  • Costa Nova - Aveiro

    Candy-striped houses in the beach resort of Costa Nova near Aveiro. These little beach huts are known as palheiros and whilst most are used as holiday homes some are permanent residences.

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  • Tamariz Beach, Estoril

    The short, sandy beach of Tamariz in Estoril is one of the most popular on this stretch of coast between Lisbon and Cascais. It is particularly favoured with those holidaying in the area and can get rather busy during the summer months.

    There is a train station just behind the beach and there are a number of bars, cafes and even a nightclub right on the beachfront.

    The faux castle overlooking the beach is apparently owned by the Monaco royal family

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  • Fatima

    The Basilica in Fátima forms the centre piece of the Fátima Sanctuary complex. The shrine is set in what was initially a small village no one had really heard of. The one day three shepherd children claimed to have had visions of "Our Lady" and things took off from there. Declared a miracle the site became a major pilgrimage centre in the catholic world, with the most dedicated making the journey here on their knees - including the stone steps of the basilica.

    The site here is huge; the basilica tower reaches up 65 metres and the square in front is bigger than St Peter's in the Vatican.

    Sadly, two of children died a couple of years later in the Spanish flu pandemic which swept the world in 1919.

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  • Praia da Duquesa - Cascais

    View of the Praia da Duquesa in Cascais. The straw parasols are put out in the summer months when it is one of the most popular beaches around. The beach gets its name from Palace of the Dukes of Palmela which overlooks the it.

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  • Biblioteca Joaninha Entrance - Coimbra

    The exterior of Coimbra University's 18th century Biblioteca (Library) Joaninha.

    The interior is an excess of Baroque gold and wood containing many precious, rare books

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